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UPDATE: “The Groaning of Creation” Chapter 7 – Part II

 

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Should we interfere whenever an outbreak happens to an animal species that drives it to the point of extinction, or should we let Nature take its course and not interfere?  

 

We have come to the end of Christopher Southgate’s book The Groaning of Creation.  We will have one final meeting coming up to summarize our final thoughts of the book.

 

In this session we discuss the impact of human overpopulation and if humans should or ought to intervene when an animal species is on the brink of extinction.

 

Here are our essays.

 

 

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Chapter 7: “Ethical Proposals and Conclusion” – Part II

 

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Should we work to prevent mass extinctions from happening, or at least lessen its rapid acceleration, or should we let it be and let Nature take its course?

 

We come to the end of the book as we finish off Chapter 7 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

 

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“The Groaning of Creation” – Chapter 5: “Heaven for Pelicans? Eschatological Considerations” – Part I

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This week we will be covering the first 4 sections of Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.

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Chapter 3: “Strategies in Evolutionary Theology”

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Are these dolphins engaging in the act of gang rape?  If so, are they culpable for their actions?  Are they sinning?

 

Had a very interesting session this past Sunday.  One of the topics revolved around “when” sin “entered” the picture.

Was it always present in creation or did it emerge around the time anatomically similar homo sapiens did around 200 – 150 thousand years ago?  Or was it around 50 – 40 thousand years ago when when cognitively modern humans came about that sin entered the picture and we became morally aware or conscious of our actions?

If sin was around since the beginning, then are animals culpable of sin?  Are the dolphins above sinning and are to be held accountable for their actions?

Among our group, there still seems to be a prevailing belief that humans are somewhat set apart and distinct from the rest of the animal kingdom.  We are still uncomfortable with being called animals or part of the animal kingdom.

Does being created in “the image of God” make us unique, separate, and above all other creatures?

Here are our essays.

 

 

Chapter 3: “Strategies in Evolutionary Theology”

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Job suffers and mourns alongside Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  Does God suffer alongside us as well?

 

We will go over Chapter 3: “Strategies in Evolutionary Theology” in Christopher Southgate’s book The Groaning of Creation.

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